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C2 Corvette

Grand Sport #002 Featured in Simeone Foundation Museum in Philly

For those of us who were wondering what became of the #002 Grand Sport Corvette following its failure to sell at RM’s Arizona auction earlier this year, we learned today the former racer has found a new home at one of the premiere automotive racing museums in the country, the Simeone Foundation Museum in Philadelphia.

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Stolen 1965 Corvette Recovered after 39 Years

by Keith Cornett on December 7, 2009

Chance Mayfield walked out of the Broadway Barn honky-tonk in Nashville on a night in November 1970 and found that his Nassau Blue 1965 Corvette Convertible had been stolen. The Corvette was worth about $2,200 at the time of the theft. With no insurance, Mayfield thought the Corvette was gone forever. Fast forward to this summer when a Detective from the Scottsdale Arizona police department called Mayfield to tell him they located the classic sting ray after a routine inspection revealed the stolen car.

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Up Close with the Mecum Offering up Two Karl Kustom Corvettes at Kansas City Auction

Mecum’s final auction of the year will be taking place this Friday and Saturday in Kansas City at the Kansas City Convention Center. Forty-four Corvettes are on the auction dockett and along with a host of classics and near classics you find at any auction, Mecum has included these two Karl Kustom C6 Corvettes.

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Up Close with the 1967 Corvette Convertible Raffle Car

Back in May we revealed the Corvette Dream Giveaway raffle to benefit the Kids Wish Network was pairing a unique 1 of 1 Hero Edition Corvette ZR1 with a classic 1967 Corvette Convertible that will be given away to one lucky winner on Christmas day. While the focus on that blog post was the special edition Corvette ZR1, we thought it appropriate to take a closer look at the big block Sting Ray that will also be given away to help make a child’s dream come true.

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Superformance Recreates Iconic Corvette Grand Sport

by Keith Cornett on November 16, 2009

Superformance Recreates Iconic Corvette Grand Sport

Southern California based Superformance LLC is best known for their realistic recreations of the Shelby Cobra and the Ford GT40. Teaming up with the Duntov Motor Company, they have recently been granted the production rights to recreate the coupe and convertible street version rollers of the iconic 1963 Corvette Grand Sport.

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1967 Corvette Original Kelsey Hayes Bolt-on Wheels

While rally wheels were standard equipment on the 1967 Corvette, there was an optional wheel offered for the final year of the Sting Ray. RPO N89 was designated as “Cast Aluminum Bolt-on Wheels” and 720 buyers selected the pricey option, adding an additional $263.30 to the invoice. Fast forward 40-some years and now an original set of Kelsey Hayes sells for big bucks. How big? How about $20,000!

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[PICS] Corvettes of 2009′s La Carrera Panamericana

by Keith Cornett on November 4, 2009

eBay Find of the Day: Corvettes of 2009's La Carrera Panamericana

La Carrera Panamericana is a 7 day/2,000 mile road rally run in stages along Mexico’s Panamerican Highway. Here are two Corvettes that recently competed in the classic south-of-the-border race.

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Photo Credits: David Leah, MEXSPORT/ESPECIAL


Sources:
La Carrera Panamericana
Mexsport Online


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Bruce Willis Sells his 1967 Corvette Convertible

This custom maroon/black 1967 Corvette sure has a lot going for it. Celebrity ownership by an A-list Hollywood actor is just one of the reasons why we tuned to SPEED tonight. This numbers matching 427/435 horsepower L71 Corvette Convertible has all the options of the iconic 1967 sting ray: Convertible body, stinger hood, sidepipes and knock-offs. Throw in the celebrity component and you’ll see why it fetched $150,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Las Vegas.

The story which has been often repeated this weekend is that Willis purchased the Corvette in El Paso during filming of “Last Man Standing”. While the Corvette is mostly stock, Bruce had the car custom-painted. An Alpine 5-CD Changer stashed in the glove box completes the customizations.

In the promotional pictures the Corvette was shown wearing a set of S/S Cragars, but at the auction you see a set of midyear knock-offs on the car, perhaps from 1966 as suggested by one of the commentators. Just goes to show that just because the catalog says so doesn’t make it true. Do you own due diligence!

The ’67 Corvette was previously offered at Bonhams California Classic last year where it was a no sale. Bidding on the classic Sting Ray was fast and furious at Barrett-Jackson where it finally hammered at $150,000. With the buyer’s commission, the total sales prices was $165,000.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
SPEED

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1993 Corvette Sells for $23,100

The 1964 Corvette Sting Ray has always been the step-child of the mid-year C2 Corvette generation. Combine that fact with a non-original motor and a color combination that wasn’t the most popular and you have all the makings of a lackluster auction. However, this is Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas and that can only mean that this recently restored 1964 Saddle Tan Corvette performed well on the auction block.

This 1964 Corvette features a Saddle Tan interior, a color chosen by just 8% of buyers. Despite the fact the Corvette is missing its original engine, the non original motor may actually be termed an upgrade as it’s an L79 327/350 hp V8 from a 1967 Corvette. Complete with Corvette-fined manifold covers and a 1964-styled air cleaner, the 1967 Corvette small block looks right at home in the engine bay. Other upgrades include disc brakes, which didn’t appear on Corvettes until 1965.

Bidding on this Sting Ray convertible was strong from the beginning and shot right up to $50,000. The hammer closed out the sale at $55,000 and with the buyers commission added, the total sale rang up at $60,500. A strong price for a non-original Corvette, but not out of the ballpark for a recently restored mid-year convertible.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
SPEED

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Bruce Willis' 1967 Corvette Convertible to be offered at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction

Action movie hero Bruce Willis is taking three cars to Las Vegas next weekend where they will be sold at no reserve at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction at Mandalay Bay. Included in the collection is a 1967 Corvette Convertible equipped with a 427/435 Tri-Power L71 V8.

The Corvette was purchased by Bruce in El Paso, Texas during the filming of the 1996 movie “Last Man Standing”. Following the production, he shipped the corvette to Sun Valley, Idaho where it served as his summer driver.

The Corvette has seen some customization as celebrities are wont to do with their rides. This 67 midyear was repainted in the original Marlboro Maroon color by Performance Paint in Torrance, Ca. Polished Cragar S/S wheels, Michelin blackwall tires and an Alpine 5-CD changer in the glove box complete with infrared remote round out the options.

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The Corvette last saw the auction block in October 2008 where it was offered by Bonhams at the California Classic auction held at the Petersen Automotive Museum. While the estimate on the Sting Ray was $110,000-$150,000, the car failed to meet the reserve and went unsold. The high bid for the Corvette was undisclosed.

In addition to the ’67 Corvette, Willis is also offering a black 1968 Pontiac Firebird and a dark blue 1988 Lincoln Limousine that was used during the filming of his breakout movie, “Die Hard”.

“Bruce Willis has owned some great American iron,” said Barrett-Jackson Chairman/CEO, Craig Jackson. “Cars like his 1967 Corvette and ’68 Firebird helped define an era of motoring in this country that was built around power. The Lincoln Limo also tells a story as it was used during Bruce’s most iconic film.”

“These cars are special in that they correspond with important moments in Bruce’s life, both personally and professionally,” added Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Like most collectors today, Bruce enjoys his cars. I imagine he has his eye on one or more street-ready muscle cars to replace the three vehicles he’s selling at Barrett-Jackson.”

The Corvette is scheduled to be sold on Saturday, October 10th. The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction will be televised by SPEED TV.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson

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